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2,219 26,111 New to Lapidary: Hello from Yucca Valley, CA
by RocksInNJ
Mar 30, 2020 22:12:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 6 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

4,596 56,037 Vibe question
by rockpickerforever
Mar 31, 2020 1:24:31 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,395 46,100 Mixed batch 3-29-20
by RocksInNJ
Mar 30, 2020 23:21:37 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 4 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

10,572 141,191 3 unknown cabs
by miket
Mar 30, 2020 21:14:06 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,653 56,836 Bean shaped wrap
by miket
Mar 30, 2020 20:35:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

860 11,962 Ankh
by hookedonrocks
Mar 30, 2020 23:07:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

326 4,564 What (budget) tools are best for carving and polishing?
by mirdonamy
Mar 30, 2020 10:45:14 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc.

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,597 24,123 A NEW TOY for @jamesp to play with
by 1dave
Mar 22, 2020 9:56:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

96 1,401 Let's talk faceting machines
by pauls
Mar 11, 2020 6:29:32 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

141 2,490 Sphere Machine Robbins Myers Xerox motors Busted Gear fix?
by oregon
Mar 20, 2020 11:47:19 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

97 2,861 Dry Polishing Tutorial (rotary tumbler)
by RocksInNJ
Mar 12, 2020 23:22:16 GMT -5

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

423 3,570 Tripole Magnets in Nature
by 1dave
Mar 31, 2020 0:55:38 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 1 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,095 140,993 Rock Hunting at Home
by stardiamond
Mar 30, 2020 20:14:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 3 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

5,803 59,870 Couple of killer moss agates from Tony
by dreamrocks
Mar 31, 2020 1:40:20 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 8 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,666 21,273 Question for vibe lap users
by rockpickerforever
Mar 31, 2020 0:40:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 7 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,250 35,515 Brazilian agates
by NDK
Mar 30, 2020 18:15:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,068 11,554 Fossil Shark Found in Mammoth Cave KY
by agatemaggot
Mar 29, 2020 21:33:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 2 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,662 22,026 ID Please
by fernwood
Mar 31, 2020 3:29:25 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,848 135,412 Barn Owlets - Update...there are Seven!
by dreamrocks
Mar 30, 2020 20:55:44 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 2 Viewing

Competitions and Fun Contests

731 22,276 ⚡ POLL ENDED We Have a Winner for Cab a Slab #9 ⚡
by fernwood
Mar 31, 2020 3:31:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 6 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,593 30,906 Egypt/RSJ
by rockjunquie
Mar 30, 2020 22:23:47 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,306 10,674 neodymium magnets
by toiv0
Mar 25, 2020 22:29:13 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,210 26,869 Trailer rough (cutting or tumbling) sale
by catmandewe
Mar 31, 2020 3:11:59 GMT -5
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Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

11,625 150,286 Americans Avoiding Corona....
by Benathema
Mar 31, 2020 1:53:05 GMT -5


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